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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 14 hours ago. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2014 at 9:32pm

It seems the message I sent when I was in the back yard didn' get through. 

Carl that T-shirt is atrocious! No redeeming qualities at all. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2014 at 7:48pm

I just want to clarify.....there's absolutely nothing wrong with large breasts, it's just that they made this awful T-shirt stand out even more prominently. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2014 at 7:12pm

I wouldn't wear that T-shirt to take out the trash for fear of my neighbors seeing me. 

Comment by Plinius on August 23, 2014 at 7:00pm

I'd love to experience a totally different body, just for the different treatment you get. And Spud, you can spell my name anyway you like, even if the FSM doesn't agree.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 6:56pm

And, only $25.  You save 4 cents.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2014 at 6:50pm

Once while riding the people mover train between terminals at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, a large, big-breasted woman in her 40's got on the train wearing a T-shirt with the following picture:

http://www.amazon.com/Think-Money-Coming-T-Shirt-XX-Large/dp/B006MP...

Very classy.  The epitome of having good taste out in public. [sarcasm]

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2014 at 5:06pm

I'm a denim and T-shirt person, myself. My old support shoes with orthotics are for the garden, my new ones are new support shoes with newer inserts. Cary cut off all my wire hair and it came back in soft as can be.

Carl, I imagine you have seen just about everything in the airports as far as fashion is concerned.

As far as a new body is concerned, Jeez, I would hate to have to train a new one! I suppose, if we still had our brains, we could use our experiences and do better the second time around.

There are those parents who claim the head of the first child should be snipped off because so many mistakes are made the first time around. We learn by doing, I suppose. 

I'm making a batch of pickled beets today; they won't be ready for at least a few days. 

The squirrels are extra busy today bringing horse chestnuts into the garden to store for their winter food supply. Such industry. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 4:50pm

GC, sounds like good SiFi.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2014 at 4:37pm

We had a tremendous lightning, thunder and rainstorm yesterday. Today is beautiful blue skies with tiny puff balls of cotton-clouds. It is 2:30 here in Spokane and the temperature is a lovely 77 degrees. Perfect for puttering, reading, writing, and napping. All big project are completed and I have some little projects in the planning stage. Autumn is the perfect time to make changes.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 23, 2014 at 4:18pm

Speaking of body transplants, one bit of SF I wouldn't mind having in the real world is the medical technology in John Varley's Steel Beach. Not only are most ailments handled as uneventfully as when we take a car to a (competent, honest) mechanic, but in that world many people routinely get new bodies every decade or two in adulthood.

But Wait, There's More! It's not uncommon for people to switch genders when they simply feel like a change. In addition to getting "original equipment" with full sexual and reproductive functionality, they obviously benefit from tech to successfully shape gender identity too. Anyway, it's noteworthy that in that society you're only considered a full adult once you've lived as a woman and as a man. (Goodbye sexism!)

(One short story set in that world featured a teenage boy with the knack of recognizing people across body changes, by their mannerisms, speech patterns, and so forth. One day his doorbell rings and he finds someone he's never seen before... except he recognizes her as his best friend, who'd been a guy but managed to get a body and gender change earlier than usual. Now she's intent on getting into the sack with him, and he's freaked out by the prospect, having never thought of his friend in those terms!)

 

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